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Kristen A. Zeller, MD

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Kristen A. Zeller, MD

Kristen A. Zeller, MD

Associate Professor, Surgical Sciences-Pediatrics

Office of Women in Medicine and Science


Physician Rating

4.5 out of 5

36 Ratings

Contact Information

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  • Fax: 336-716-9758


  • Alpha Omega Alpha

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (Surgical Section)

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association

  • Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Pediatric Trauma Society

  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

  • NPI: 1952565855

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric Trauma, Neonatal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pediatric Breast Disease, Anorectal malformations, Surgical Critical Care, Short Bowel Syndrome, Abdominal Wall Defects, Pediatric Surgery, Chest Wall Deformities, Nonaccidental Trauma, Congenital Anomalies

Education & Training

  • BA

    1997 - Augustana College

  • MD

    2002 - University of South Carolina - Columbia

  • Residency

    2007 - Surgery: North Carolina Baptist Hospital

  • Fellowship

    2008 - Surgical Critical Care: Children's Hospital Boston

  • Fellowship

    2009 - Acute Care Surgery: Wake Forest University School of Medicine

  • Fellowship

    2011 - Pediatric Surgery: Riley Hospital for Children

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery Pediatric Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

  • American Board of Surgery Surgical Critical Care


Research Contact Information

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Research Interests

  • Child Abuse, Spleen, Embolization, Therapeutic, Wounds, Nonpenetrating, Accidents

Recent Publications

  • J Pediatr Surg Case Rep.
    Greer M, Shetty AK, Zeller KA. Acute calculous cholecystitis due to Plasmodium falciparum malaria. 2020 Feb; 27; (56)
  • An intra-aortic guide wire: what "knot" to do.
    Ootaki Y, Ross GA, Zeller KA. Cardiol Young. 2020 Feb; 30(2):273-274.
  • A 7-Year-Old Boy with a Type IVA Choledochal Cyst Including a Cystic Duct Cyst: Repeating the Call to Further Modify the Todani Classification to Allow for Inclusion of Cystic Duct Cysts.
    Gaffley M, Munden M, Zeller KA. Am Surg. 2019 Nov; 85(11):e539-e540.
  • Taking a history: A roundtable discussion of APSA's past.
    Zeller KA. J. Pediatr. Surg. 2020 Jan; 55S:43-46.
  • Pediatric blunt renal trauma practice management guidelines: Collaboration between the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Pediatric Trauma Society.
    Hagedorn JC, Fox N, Ellison JS, Russell R, Witt CE, Zeller K, Ferrada P, Draus JM. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2019 05; 86(5):916-925.
  • Transitioning Tube Feeding Formula to Real Food Ingredients in a Patient Less than the Age of One.
    Simpson JL, Almond MA, Ayers K, Zeller KA, Sieren LM. Am Surg. 2018 Sep; 84(9):e385-e387.
  • Adenocarcinoma and polyposis of the colon in a 20-year-old patient with Trisomy 13: a case report.
    Thurtle DP, Huck MB, Zeller KA, Jewett T. J Med Case Rep. 2018 Mar; 12(1):56.
  • Robotic Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse in Pediatric Patients.
    Hiller DJ, Bohl JL, Zeller KA. Am Surg. 2017 Dec; 83(12):1386-1389.
  • The spleen not taken: Differences in management and outcomes of blunt splenic injuries in teenagers cared for by adult and pediatric trauma teams in a single institution.
    O'Connor SC, Doud AN, Sieren LM, Miller PR, Zeller KA. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 09; 83(3):368-372.
  • Bending the rules: a novel approach to placement and retrospective experience with the 5 French Arndt endobronchial blocker in children <2 years.
    Templeton TW, Downard MG, Simpson CR, Zeller KA, Templeton LB, Bryan YF. Paediatr Anaesth. 2016 May; 26(5):512-20.

All Publications

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Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.

  • 7/26/2018

    Dr Zeller is amazing! It's obvious she really cares about her patients, and their families.

  • 7/17/2018

    All staff from pre-op to post-op were courteous, kind, caring and knowledgeable.

  • 6/20/2018

    Very impressed with Dr. Zeller. She is very kind and personable, but also extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

  • 3/30/2018

    *Dr. Zeller is an incredible doctor, professional, and human being. We are SO fortunate to have been referred to her. She will forever be a blessing to our family.

  • 3/12/2018

    Dr. Zeller has been my sons surgeon for 5 years. We could not imagine our lives without her.

  • 12/20/2017

    *Dr. Zeller is an amazing doctor and surgeon w/a great bedside manner.


We're sorry, Dr. Zeller is not currently accepting new patients. If you are an existing patient, you may contact the office directly at 336-716-7799.

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